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For this first round, I selected a pair of "discreet" toys that can theoretically be worn in public while running errands, or in the case of the Venus Butterfly, during partner sex. I pitted Germany's Fun Factory against USA's California Exotics. Fun Factory is an upper mid-range company, a bit more affordable than luxury brands like Lelo and Jimmy Jane, but still features very good quality, high end products. California Exotics is an old guard sex toy company that has re-vamped its image in recent years to include more silicone and glass toys, and produces many classic sex toys like the silver bullet, which was my standby vibe for many years. (Despite the fact that the silver bullet won my first sex toy smackdown, I've switched to team Hitachi since...Oh, I can be a fickle girl!)
Team Germany: Fun Factory's Teneo Duo Smart Balls
Retail price: $30ish
Specs: Silicone. 7.25" long, including string, insertable part is about 4" long. Balls are 1.5" in diameter. Lightweight.
Appearance: Two matte silicone balls connected with a silicone string with a loop at one end as well as an indentation to help with insertion. These come in five colors: red, green, black, pink and violet, all with white contrasting patterns. I picked violet since I seem to have a burgeoning collection of purple sex toys these days. The balls are hollow and contain a small weighted ball that kind of rattles around inside, you can feel this subtle movement as you wear them.
Special features: Comes with a packet of lube (contains glycerine, unfortunately), in case you want to pop them in right away. ;)
I got these in the mail from EdenFantasys a few weeks ago, and couldn't wait to try them out. I am one of those freaks who does kegels all the time anyway, so I figured it would be nice to have a ben-wa ball type kegelcisor to enjoy while doing housework and so forth. I had read some complaints from users that these were too big and that the pattern on the balls was irritating, but since I enjoy bigger toys and textured condoms, I figured it wouldn't be an issue. Unfortunately, I find that these don't fit super comfortably if I insert them in a non-aroused state- the second balls rests too close to the vaginal entrance, and can give you an irritated feeling like you get when wearing a tampon too long. They would probably fit better if I was warmed up, but the point was to have something I could pop in any time and enjoy, so I would suggest getting the smaller ones or the single ball instead.
My other complaint was that wearing these while doing mundane tasks made me horny to the point of distraction, and it was actually kind of unpleasant! I could see this annoyance being used to great effect in a D/s situation, I do think they're a bit intense for regular day to day wear.
I also found these can be sort of annoying to clean, as, um, "gunk" tends to get caught in the many ridges and pockets on the balls' surface. The texture does add additional stimulation and aids in keeping the balls in place, but make sure you wash these thoroughly directly after use. They are silicone at any rate, so they can be boiled as well.
As kegelcisors, these are great, and they do feel really good, as one ball hits the a-spot, and the other hits the g-spot. I really liked inserting them and contracting around them during masturbation, and found I have very intense orgasms this way. They are also great as a larger insertable that will stay in place during oral or anal sex, or while topping during strap on play. So I do believe these are a worthwhile purchase, though maybe not for the use I intended them for.
Overall Grade: 7/10
Team USA will compete tomorrow to see who emerges victorious!